Brief History of the rolex milgauss

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Introduced by Rolex in 1954 with the model number 6451, the Rolex Milgauss was designed as an anti-magnetic watch specifically for those who worked in areas where electromagnetic fields can wreck havoc on the timing of a watch, like power plants and research labs.

Originally the  Milgauss was very similar in appearance of the Rolex Submariner, with an over-sized case and bezel, with the Twinlock crown, and a riveted Oyster bracelet. Even though the Milgauss went through two more versions, it was the slowest moving model in the Rolex line-up and so was discontinued in 1988.

At Basel 2007, Rolex relaunched  the Milgauss 116400 in three different versions all featuring a lightning bolt shaped second hand. The new Rolex Milgauss comes in a 40mm bezel, with a COSC certified 3131 automatic winding movement. It is water resistant up to 100 meters.
The main feature of the Milgauss is its resistance to magnetism. When you expose a mechanical watch to a strong magnetic field, some of the parts in the movement become magnetized. This will cause the mechanism to run quite fast and require demagnetization. The Rolex Milgauss is able to resist a magnetic field of 1,000 Gauss.


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